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Old 05-09-2011, 08:42 AM
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I am considering getting a strut brace for my C4S. Any thoughts on the metal vs carbon fiber ones?
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:53 AM
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The strut brace puts tension between the two strut towers, so any material that will not stretch is suitable. The carbon fiber brace should be lighter than a steel bracee but will cost significantly more. Unless the car has been gutted to minimize weight, I don't see a good tradeoff between cost and function that would favor spending the extra money on the carbon brace. Go with the steel.

Just my two cents.
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:58 AM
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Any specific make that you would recommend?
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:30 AM
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You might check out RennLine. I believe they are a site sponsor as well.


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Old 05-09-2011, 11:34 AM
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Unless you are a very advanced driver, there is no need for a strut brace IMHO.
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:45 AM
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:30 PM
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My experience with the CF braces is that the ends can pull out of the tubed section, rendering them ineffective. You won't really notice they pull out until you remove the bar and find the glue holding the ends on has let go. Looks good, but not practical in application. I have one at home I can take pictures of.
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:38 PM
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Look at the perfect power model...very nicely executed.
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:42 PM
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I found that the turn in was faster after installing my strut brace. And hear less creaks from the windshield now. I used the Fabspeed GT2 Evo replica brace. It's one fixed piece and is well made.

Only problem was the spacing in the holes that where stamped into the ends - there was a gap after installation - I ended up getting a garage to weld in the gaps so that it would fit perfectly.

Fitting the brace can be difficult - jacking up one side of the car helped. Also, after the bar is installed it doesn't leave a lot thread for the bolts. But I've had no problem with the installation and it's been trouble free since installing and sorting out the gaps.

Hope this helps you .. good luck

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Old 05-09-2011, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by dave morris View Post
Unless you are a very advanced driver, there is no need for a strut brace IMHO.
And even if you are, there isn't. Hell, I don't get worked up over the differences between the yellow car and the 4S. One's ~6 seconds/lap slower than the other, but they drive pretty much the same.
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Old 05-09-2011, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Michaelc View Post
Look at the perfect power model...very nicely executed.
X2!

Monopart design is superior over hinged units. Light weight, strong and excellent quality.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:08 AM
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Where do you get the "Perfect Power Model" from?
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:16 AM
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Saw this http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/RUF-P...item19c4c0cced on ebay. Way too expensive but looks nice.
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Another vote for the Perfect Power....very stout Ruf like build quality.
Fits under the carpet so no "bling factor" if that means anything to you.
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by haygeebaby View Post
And hear less creaks from the windshield now.
Very true. Especially in a Cab. This is the main benefit from a strut brace, IMO.
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